Delivering Democracy Lecture

Anderson Cooper

The word “democracy” is one of the most recognized, venerated, and misunderstood terms in the English language. Its potential, however, has yet to be fully realized because it is routinely distorted, misjudged, and exploited. In order for American democracy to flourish and expand, its origins, evolution, and potency must be interpreted, discussed, and practiced by everyday people, scholars, and visionaries from various walks of life. The Delivering Democracy Lecture provides a platform for innovative, solution-oriented speakers to present their major intellectual and new idea-based statements on participatory democracy.


Award-winning journalist, author, and media icon, Anderson Cooper, will be the distinguished 2015 lecturer. Cooper is one of the most respected and influential individuals of our time. He is courageous, principled, consummate in his professionalism, and goes beyond the headlines with his in-depth reporting and investigations. Cooper is a social justice advocate and philanthropist who has supported many causes including civil and human rights, HIV and AIDS research, bullying, sexual abuse, and children’s health in emerging and expanding democracies.


 Anderson CooperAnderson Cooper anchors CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360°, a provocative nightly newscast that goes beyond the headlines with in-depth reporting and investigations from multiple points of view.

Since the start of his career in 1992, Cooper has covered nearly all-major news events around the world, often reporting from the scene. He spent more than a month along the U.S. Gulf Coast covering the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and has returned more than 20 times to follow the reconstruction progress. Cooper has reported from Afghanistan and Iraq, covered the ongoing violence in Mexico, the bombings in London and the Israeli-Hezbollah conflict, anchored much of CNN's live coverage of the funeral of Pope John Paul II in the Vatican City in 2005 and traveled to Sri Lanka to cover the tsunami in 2004. During most of 2007 and 2008, Cooper traveled around the world for Planet in Peril, a high definition documentary about issues threatening the planet, its inhabitants and its natural resources. Most recently, he has extensively covered the conflicts in Syria and Egypt, the NSA surveillance programs, the Boston Marathon bombing, the Sandy Hook shootings and the destruction from Typhoon Hayian in the Philippines.

Cooper has played a pivotal role in CNN’s political and election coverage as part of the “Best Political Team on Television.” He has anchored from conventions and moderated several presidential debates, including the Republican debate in 2012. In addition to his shows on CNN, Cooper is also a regular correspondent for CBS’s 60 Minutes. Prior joining CNN, Cooper was an ABC News correspondent and host of the network's reality program The Mole. Cooper anchored the off-beat overnight newscast World News Now, and was a correspondent for World News Tonight as well as 20/20. He joined ABC from Channel One News, a school television network seen in more than 12,000 classrooms nationwide, where he served as chief international correspondent. During that time, he reported and produced stories from conflicts in Bosnia, Cambodia, Haiti, Israel, Myanmar, Russia, Rwanda, Somalia, and South Africa.

The cover of Anderson Cooper's book Dispatches from the Edge: A Memoir of War, Disasters and Survival In Dispatches from the Edge: A Memoir of War, Disasters, and Survival, Cooper offers an up-close view of the most harrowing crises of his time. Along with sharing his personal history, he takes readers behind the scenes of cataclysmic events and to war-torn countries, showing profound impact they have had on his life. Dispatches from the Edge topped the New York Times bestseller list and other bestseller charts.

Cooper and Anderson Cooper 360° have won numerous major journalism awards. He helped lead CNN's Peabody Award winning coverage of Hurricane Katrina and DuPont award winning coverage of the 2004 tsunami. Additionally, Cooper has been awarded eight Emmy Awards, an Edward R. Murrow award and the GLAAD Media Vito Russo Award in 2013.

Cooper graduated from Yale University in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts in political science and he also studied Vietnamese at the University of Hanoi.










 2013GLADD Media AwardVito Russo Award 
 2012Emmy AwardOutstanding News Discussion & Analysis     Anderson Cooper 360°- "Bullying: It Stops Here
 Edward R. Murrow AwardVideo Feature Reporting     60 Minutes - "The Garden of the Queen"
 Emmy AwardOutstanding Live Coverage of a Current News Story - Long     CNN Breaking News - "Revolution in Egypt"
2011Emmy AwardOutstanding Live Coverage of a Current News Story - Long     Anderson Cooper 360°- "Crisis in Haiti"
 Emmy AwardOutstanding Coverage of a Breaking News Story in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast     Anderson Cooper 360°- "Haiti in Ruins"
 Peabody Award      CNN's Coverage of the Arab Springs Uprisings
 Peabody Award      CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute
 James Beard AwardTelevision Segment     60 Minutes - "Chef Jose Andres"

National Order of Honour               & Merit

Government of Haiti     Reporting on the 2010 Haiti Earthquake
2009Emmy AwardOutstanding Continuing Coverage of a News Story in a News Magazine     60 Minutes - "Women Against War"
2006Emmy AwardOutstanding Live Coverage of a Breaking News Story - Long     Anderson Cooper 360°- "Starving in Plain Sight"
 Emmy AwardOutstanding Feature Story in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast     Anderson Cooper 360°- "Charity Hospital
2005Peabody Award      CNN's Coverage of Hurricane Katrina
 Alfred I Dupont Award      CNN's Coverage of the 2004 Tsunami
 National Headliner AwardCoverage of a News Event     Anderson Cooper 360°- "Wave of Destruction"
 IDA Award      Continuing Series - "CNN Presents"
2001GLADD Media AwardOutstanding TV Journalism     20/20 Downtown - "High School Hero"
1997Emmy Award      Coverage of Princess Diana's funeral
1993Bronze Telly      Coverage of Famine in Somalia
Unk.Silver PlaqueChicago International Film Festival     Coverage of the Bosnian War
Unk.Bronze AwardNational Education Film and Video Festival     "Political Islam"




The DeliverinDemocracy Lecture will be held at:

Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church
1401 E. Jefferson Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85034


Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church is located on E. Jefferson Road between 14th/15th Streets and is easily accessible from the I-10. For detailed driving directions from your location visit Google Maps,, and select 'Get Directions" or contact our office for assistance at 602-496-1376.


The main parking for this event is located in the Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church parking lot accessible from 15th Street. Additional parking is located west of the church on 14th Street between E. Jefferson and Madison Streets.

Sponsorship Opportunities

The Delivering Democracy Lecture would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors. We are extremely grateful for their help to make this event possible!

Please join us in thanking the following organizations: (Click the logo to learn more about each contributor)

Arizona Public Service (APS)Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church
Blue Cross Blue Shield of ArizonaArizona Community Foundation Black Philanthropy Initiative
The Safeway FoundationPatrick Media Group
Maricopa Community CollegesSalt River Project (SRP)
HenkelASU-Committee for Campus Inclusion
ASU-Barrett, The Honors CollegeKEO Marketing, Inc.
ASU Alumni AssociationSt. Joseph's Hospital/ Dignity Health
Quarles and Brady LLPKASW TV CW6
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Phoenix Metropolitan Alumnae ChapterDr. Paul and Sybil Eppinger
Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 4:30pm

Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church
1401 E. Jefferson Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85034

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